Cary, NC — And that quick, it’s over. The 2021 season came to an abrupt end with a 2-0 loss to the defending champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning at PNC Arena.
Cary, NC — Mistakes. Putting the nearly $99M payroll for the Tampa Bay Lightning aside, mistakes cost the Canes game 4 of this second-round series, where they lost 6-4 after squandering a 4-2 lead.
Cary, NC — Except for a couple of player changes, one out of necessity the other by choice, Coach Rod Brind’Amour kept his game plan virtually the same, this time coming out on top 3-2 in overtime to halve the series lead 2-1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Cary, NC — Once again the Carolina Hurricanes ran into a brick wall, also known as Andrei Vasilevskiy, losing 2-1, for the second consecutive game, in a tightly contested match before another Covid sellout of 16,299 that sounded and looked like a full house of 18,680.
Cary, NC — For any pure hockey fan that watched the first game of the second round between the Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning, they saw a great game.
Cary, NC — After not playing their best hockey in the first two periods, the Carolina Hurricanes found themselves trailing the whole game.
Cary, NC — The big news should have been the return of Jaccob Slavin after missing the last 3 games, but joining in the big news was Martin Necas scoring 2 goals and Jordan Staal knocking in the game-winner in overtime.
Cary, NC — As Yogi Berra coined the phrase, it was like deja vu all over again as the Nashville Predators won in double overtime for the second game in a row. This time it was by the score of 4-3, to tie the best-of-7 series at 2 wins each.
Cary, NC — With 5:06 left in the second overtime, Matt Duchene hauled down a 60’ lob pass from Roman Josi, got by Jake Bean and after Alex Nedeljkovic missed a poke check, Duchene put the puck top shelf to give the Nashville Predators a 5-4 win, cutting the Canes series lead to 2-1.
Cary, NC — Hockey is one of those team sports that having a superstar will absolutely help, but all coaches will push to have everyone contribute and last night the true #1 stars of the game were the Canes penalty kill units.